I did say “everything and all sorts!” …………….So this week I am taking a break from the world of interiors and delving into another design discipline- not to mention major passion of mine: FASHION!
Walking into the Kimbo store, I felt like Alice stepping into Wonderland! Lace, deep jewel-coloured dresses, antique treasures and hearts abound! There are even enormous looking glasses! (Mirrors for those non-readers!)
Kim, the owner and designer of the Kimbo label, creates dresses which make her customers “smile” and “feel beautiful” and which make them want to “twirl around with happiness”. If you have been into her store – or met the lovely Kim – you will agree that these words are perfectly appropriate in describing the essence of her label. Her clothes are feminine, girly, fun and definitely conjure images of wearing a little striped dress whilst skipping through fields filled with sunflowers, unicorns, butterflies and rainbows!
Kim is a proudly born-and-bred local girl, and started the Kimbo clothing label as she stepped out of varsity after studying fashion design. Everything is designed and made by Kim, from her studio at home – then sold from her charming and quaint boutique in Chamberlain Square ( I must just add that I absolutely adore the chandelier – fashioned out of hearts – which has pride-of-place in the boutique, LOVE!)
She is constantly adding new garments to her ‘range’ and also does custom designs for clients. Some of the items currently in-store include lace dresses and tunics in rich raspberry and teal shades, flattering tunics to wear with a cute pair of pumps, and an absolute must-have are the gorgeous plaited snoods for these chilly autumn mornings. What makes Kimbo clothing so great is that it is not too ‘trendy’; the clothing is timeless, comfortable, and will certainly still look fabulous in 2 summers time.
Kim is inspired by all things creative. She is interested in all disciplines of design and creativity: from photography to interiors – which I think makes her stance as a fashion designer so much more appealing and interesting as she’s influenced by so much more than just what happened at Milan Fashion Week!
I strongly suggest a visit to Kimbo! It’s not just a clothing store, you may just find a White Rabbit ;)
Check Kimbo out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimbo-Clothing/8306333327?ref=ts&fref=ts
Or better yet, go pay a visit to the store at 6 Chamberlain Square, 13 Chamberlain Road, East London
20 questions (…or make it 5!)
• What is your favourite colour? At the moment bottle green, but it changes all the time
• Favourite South African fashion designer? Maya Prass, Silver Spoon
• Most lust-after item? Ice-cream maker
• Essential fashion item for autumn in the EC? A ¾ lace shift dress, you can dress it up or down
• What do you love most about East London? Its small and friendly, there is a real sense of community. It’s also very outdoorsy and relaxing. The beaches.